Dear Zoo Live Theatre Review

I was so excited to be asked to review Dear Zoo Live at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford. We are big fans of the book so Little Man and I jumped at the chance.

For those who are unfamiliar with Dear Zoo, it is a wonderful children's book written and illustrated by Rod Campbell. Celebrating 35 years in 2017, Dear Zoo, published by Macmillan Children’s Books is the story of a child who writes to the zoo asking for a pet.

Dear Zoo Live, written by Rod Campbell, produced by Norwell Lapley Productions and directed by Michael Gattrell is touring the UK for the first time.

The adaptation came to life with moving 2D animals, puppetry and a wonderful cast who sang, danced and read on the stage. There was plenty of audience participation too to keep a young crowd’s attention as well as fantastic brightly coloured scenery.

My little boy sang, clapped and made lots (and lots!) of animal noises throughout. I also loved the repeated ritual before each animal appeared allowing the children to anticipate and cheer as each one was brought to the stage.

My son's favourite animal was the cheeky monkey who danced and sang and we even managed to meet him very quickly at the end of the show which made his day. 

The show was 55 minutes long with no interval and with a packed auditorium filled with children - there was not one tantrum in sight!

This is a great show for children aged 2 – 6 years and it doesn't matter at all if you haven't read the book. It is both happy and engaging entertainment for the family to enjoy.

The show is continuing to tour across the U.K. until 1st June and you can book your tickets here: